At the end of every year, two of my favorite things to read about are the top 50 most popular baby names (I keep watching for my own to trend again) and the infamous passwords that made the top 25 “WORST” list. And trust me when I say that unlike popular baby names, the latter isn’t something you want to recognize as showing up in your own home or at work.
Here are last year’s top 25 biggest password mistakes:
Of course you should always obey 2 golden rules when it comes to creating secure passwords online.
- Use passwords that are at least 8 characters long.
- Use at least one lower case letter, one upper case letter, one number and one special character.
A fun way to create unique passwords is to base it off of a favorite movie line or song lyric. Of course, you’ll need to add a little extra “spice”… something like this: Blame-it-on-the-boogie or You’re_gonna_need_a_bigger_boat! Using memorable movie or television quotes makes passwords harder for a hacker to crack but easier for you to remember. These examples each have an upper case letter, lower case letters, a few special characters and are more than 8 characters long. Of course it may be too long for a few websites out there, but for most, it will surely score a “Strong” grading.
If you are worried about increasingly complex password that you might not remember, perhaps it’s time to look into using a ‘Password Manager’ software. These sites boast security and encryption to guarantee safe storage for you. But don’t take my word for it – make sure you do the research!
PS – This list was made from files posted online by hackers! Is it time for you to get more creative?